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Comment I have Google Fiber, and it's amazing (Score 5, Informative) 104

As a techie who actually has Google Fiber, it's been amazing. The first couple weeks were really rocky--random internet outages which were unexplainable.

They sent a tech out, who'd never seen anything like it, and he's like "well, I guess I'll replace the network box, because I have no idea what it is." Worked great ever since.

The only major disadvantage is they don't want you running your own router, and have actually hassled me for doing so. They offer just a fiber jack to businesses, but don't offer it for residential customers. Residential customers HAVE to use their "network box" (router). There are actually howtos on the internet of plugging into the fiber jack, if you have a managed switch and set the VLAN tags right.

My speeds:
I get 400 Mbit up/down over wireless (my own router)
I get 900 Mbit up/down wired

Speeds are constant, regardless of time of day, and no weird latency issues at all. I get a reliable 1ms ping to a friend who also has Google Fiber 15mi away, and I get very low pings to the rest of the world. It's hands down the best internet I've ever had. Customer service is friendly, too.

Comment Don't buy these--they WERE wonderful (Score 5, Informative) 180

As someone who's done (minor) work on Tomato, I'd highly recommend a ASUS RT-N66U (cheaper) or RT-AC68U (nicer) instead.

At the time, the WRT54G(L) was a great router. I've still got two of them on the desk next to me. Don't buy them now.
  1. 1) Range: They don't have the range of more modern hardware like the ASUS routers I listed above
  2. 2) Dual-Band: They don't have 5GHZ, which is much faster and has less interference from Neighbors
  3. 3) Dropped Packets: The WRT54G has random dropped packet issues. Occasionally, it'll drop a wireless packet regardless of signal strength. With the RT-N66U, the packet loss went to 0%, over an entire night.
  4. 4) Stability: The WRT54G is very stable. That said, typically it locked up once every 6-12 months. I've yet to have a lockup on a configured RT-N66U or RT-AC68U running Tomato (shibby), with over 8 deployed for a number of years.
  5. 5) Speed: The WRT54G maxed out ~20Mbit (wired) and 6-12Mbit (wireless) running Tomato. The RT-N66U does around 50/225Mbit wireless/wired and the RT-AC68U pushes 400/900.
  6. 6) Storage/CPU: The CPU is a 15 year old design, and the storage is 4MB of flash. Modern open routers run CPUs that are massively faster and have 128+ MB flash.

They were wonderful routers, but it's time. Unless you're just doing it for the nostalgia, do yourself a favor and get something that uses the improvements that have been made in the last 14 years.

Comment So wrong on so many levels... (Score 4, Interesting) 192

1) Why is interfering with drone operation below the altitude that manned air travel exists, within state boundaries, even within the purview of the federal government? This is clearly a states issue. The FAA already defined a 400 ft ceiling for drone usage and no-fly zones to prevent interference with manned air travel.

2) Why cannot individuals defend their privacy on their own property? If gun operation is allowed on their property normally, why is firing their gun at an intruder any more "reckless" than clay target practice?

3) Why are we talking about a 5 or 20 year JAIL sentence? Do they realize how much damage incarcerating people does to society and individual's lives? A felony and 5 year jail sentence can wreck entire lives. How is this appropriate for disrupting drone operation, especially over one's own property?

4) Why is someone shooting a drone on their property different than shooting an unoccupied vehicle trespassing on their property? These cases should be simply prosecuted under existing "destruction of property" statutes, which should not be felonies, and should not have multiple-year jail sentences.

Note: I fly RC aircraft.

Comment Re:Faster? No, not even close (Score 3, Interesting) 131

Agreed. Apple is way ahead of Qualcomm, and has been for a number of years now. The 2.7 CPU in my Nexus 6 was barely competitive with the iPhone when it came out--with a 145% clockspeed advantage! With that clockspeed advantage, you'd expect the CPU to be way way faster.

There's also something to be said for Safari's performance relative to Android Chrome. The Nexus 6 beats the iPhone 6 in the BaseMark II OS - System benchmark by a good margin, but then loses in Sunspider by a factor of 2. There's obviously some significant room for improvement in either the Android or Chrome software stack (or both).

Comment Re:Faster? No, not even close (Score 1) 131

Did you even read the article I posted? By no means did I cherry pick a single benchmark.

From Anandtech's review, the following benchmarks show the iPhone is faster:
Kraken 1.1 (72%)
Octane v2 (68%)
WebXPRT (55%)
Basemark OS II 2.0 System (47%)
Basemark OS II 2.0 Web (7%)
Basemark OS II 2.0 Overall (3%)


The ONLY benchmark that showed it was slower were these two:
Basemark OS II 2.0 Graphics (14%)
Internal NAND Random Write (41%) -- It fared significantly better than the S7 on all other NAND performance metrics, including all read tests.

I decided to ignore the multicore power of the S7 because for most users, it doesn't matter. Most phone CPU usage is <2 cores, and therefore, it's a pointless statistic. In fact, Anandtech didn't even perform a review that exercised the multi-core CPU capabilities of the S7 compared to the iPhone 6s.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 131

For web browsing, CPU absolutely does matter. Pages load faster with a faster CPU.

For video, your statements are correct. As long as you can render the frames faster than they are displayed, the CPU is fast enough. That's why I focused on web browsing as the metric that really matters, and that's where basically all of the phones fall short.

Comment Faster? No, not even close (Score 5, Informative) 131

Okay, so graphics and Multithreaded are faster. But watching videos and web browsing are for more typical usecases for most people, and the Samsung loses heavily.
Look at the browser benchmarks in the page here:
http://anandtech.com/show/1012...

The iPhone 6s is almost twice as fast as every other phone out there, and it came out nearly 6 months ago. I don't view the S7 as competitive, let alone faster. Other companies need to prioritize single-core performance as much as Apple. Multi-threaded performance isn't that big of a deal. This is a phone, not a server*.

-Android Fanboi and proud owner of a Nexus 6

*Yes, I know some power users out there utilize >2 cores on a regular basis. But most users (including myself) do not.

Comment Attribution is needed in source only, not license (Score 3, Informative) 303

This doesn't sound onerous to me at all. It doesn't require anything in public documentation, help pages, or otherwise like the MIT license. It simply requires a single URL in a code comment.

This sounds perfectly fine to me--in general, I and my team already does this because it's helpful to know WHY we chose a course of action, especially when it was complicated enough to require SO's help.

http://meta.stackexchange.com/...

What is reasonable attribution?

A URL as a comment in your code is reasonable attribution.

There are certainly other forms of reasonable attribution, depending on use, and you are welcome to go above and beyond what’s required and include username, date, and anything else if you like.

You are also welcome to use the MIT License as it is traditionally interpreted: by preserving the full license with relevant fields (copyright year and copyright holder) completed.

Comment What about SHA2 support in FireFox for DHE? (Score 2) 115

https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/s...

Firefox only currently supports DHE with SHA1. Are they going add support for SHA256 DHE when they disable SHA1?

To quote Michael Staruch from the above link: It looked more like attempts to discredit DHE and push everyone into ECC. And I am not so sure if that's best way to protect our privacy, especially with multiple TLS clients supporting only NSA Suite B curves.


Mozilla, we really need DHE to work with SHA256 and GCM. Sure, fallback to something else (with a second connection, if necessary) if weak dhparams are used by the server.

Comment What about SHA2 support for DHE? (Score 1) 47

https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/s...

Firefox only currently supports DHE with SHA1. Are they going add support for SHA256 DHE when they disable SHA1?

To quote Michael Staruch from the above link:
It looked more like attempts to discredit DHE and push everyone into ECC. And I am not so sure if that's best way to protect our privacy, especially with multiple TLS clients supporting only NSA Suite B curves.

Mozilla, we really need DHE to work with SHA256 and GCM. Sure, fallback to something else (with a second connection, if necessary) if weak dhparams are used by the server.

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